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- Bulimia nervosa facts
- What is bulimia?
- What are causes and risk factors for bulimia?
- What are the symptoms and signs of bulimia?
- How do physicians diagnose bulimia?
- What is the treatment for bulimia?
- What are complications of bulimia?
- What is the prognosis for bulimia?
- Is it possible to prevent bulimia?
- Where can one find more information about bulimia?
- Are there support groups for people with bulimia?
- Find a local Psychiatrist in your town
Bulimia nervosa facts
- Bulimia is an eating disorder that is characterized by episodes of binging and purging the food and or associated calories.
- Bulimia is a significant public-health problem, both because of the physical and mental health effects it can have. This illness often co-occurs with body dysmorphic disorder, depression, anxiety, and substance-abuse disorders.
- While there is no known specific cause for bulimia, family history and environmental stressors are thought to contribute to the development of the illness.
- Adolescents are most at risk for developing bulimia, as statistics show that about three-quarters of people who develop the illness do so before they reach 22 years of age, most often at 15 to 16 years of age.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is thought to be somewhat superior to other forms of psychotherapy in treating this eating disorder.
- Medication, nutritional counseling, and family therapy are also often part of the treatment for bulimia.
- The potential complications of bulimia can be severe and affect virtually every organ system.
- Only about 45% of people with bulimia fully recover, but recovery is more likely with treatment.
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